Magic reviews by Larry Brodahl

These following reviews were submitted to Vanishing Inc. by Larry Brodahl:

Mind Blasters magic download (ebook)

First, let me state that I'm not a mentalist, nor a performer of mental magic. I do some close up and mainly parlor/banquet shows.

And yet, I found 3 items that I can use. Not in the way the author probably intended, but that's a good thing.

My favorite books are those that present tricks that I can springboard off of, whether it's by using the plot line, the methodology, or whatever.

This book fits in this category.

Even the material I will never use will be filed away in the ol' grey matter and might be exhumed one day.

Good book.

 
England Up Close magic download (ebook)

I judge books by either the number of tricks that I will ACTUALLY do, or by the number of ideas it sets off in my brain. In both cases, this books does very well.

With only 1 very quick perrusal of this ebook under the belt, I have 4 items that I'm going to be thrilled to do. 2 of them have already been tested on the spouse and both fooled her. (And we know how hard that is to do).

1 of the items used a simple well-known sleight, and the other used a simple gimmick. I already knew the sleight, and the gimmick took all of 5 minutes to make, so this book is already marked for re-reading and re-reading.

And as far as setting off ideas in my brain goes, so far I've slapped my forehead about 10 times and said, "D'oh - why didn't I think of that?". Some clever people in this book.

The layout of the book is excellent, and has a simple usable way of jumping directly to the trick or author that you like, or quickly bouncing back to the index.

The only real complaint I have is that a couple of the links in the book that point to demos of some of the tricks are expired and don't work.

All in all, for the money, this is a very nice book with some very usable material.

 
Plus Wallet (Large) trick

Unbelievably well thought out and produced item. I've started using it for a Confabulation type routine, and it's absolutely perfect.

 
Reveal trick

Delightful idea. SHOULD be a full size clipboard. And MY envelope was folded along on side, which renders it unusable.

 
Vapr trick

Boy, this one is out of the ballpark! A fantastic device. Rechargable, yet holds a charge for a long----long-----long time!

The actual amount of smoke you get is amazing. I had one of the previous "smoke" gimmicks, and after about 10 firings, an anemic trickle was all you would get. Not with this baby. Thick, "sticky" smoke. Just perfect.

I use this for parlor and stage more than closeup, and the amount of smoke is perfectly visible.

Perhaps the most important thing though is that the tubing does NOT contain any wiring. My previous gimmick did, and so I was afraid to wear it during long drives from gig to gig. This beast? No problem.

There is no downside to this device that I can see.

 
Encyclopedia of Impromptu Card Forces book

Very nice book. Well written with some really good forces that I'd never heard of, and some devilish variations on ones thta I did know.

Well worth the price, even if all you do is worry other magicians.